This is my personal favorite of the three paintings I did during the Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, California, in May 2010. It was very gray, foggy, cloudy, overcast and chilly during the plein air competition. I really like contrast in my paintings, which is sometimes difficult to find in a subject on a gray day. The cypress and eucalyptus trees make the perfect subjects in this situation, not only for their interesting patterns and nice vertical elements but for the strong dark contrast they create against the gray sky and light foreground. I also loved the mood of this scene...it was very quiet and and peaceful as I painted here in the solitude near Carmel Beach. This piece has been accepted into the American Impressionist Society's 2010 National Juried Exhibition at Richland Fine Art in Nashville Tennessee. The exhibit opens on October 7th. For complete information, please visit www.americanimpressionistsociety.org.